IN line with the guidance of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, Land Transportation Office chief Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor Mendoza II directed all regional directors and heads of district offices of the agency to implement the extension of the validity of driver’s license.
In a memorandum dated September 6, Mendoza said, “All expired driver’s/conductor’s licenses that expired on 03 April 2023 shall continue to be valid until 02 April 2024 or until such time availability of plastic cards is sufficient, which will be the subject of a separate memorandum.”
Mendoza noted that no collection of penalties for the abovementioned licenses shall be undertaken.
Mendoza further tasked concerned LTO personnel that the system generated driver’s license official receipt shall be stamped or printed with “Valid as Temporary Driver’s License Until Plastic Card is Released,” and that it should include the following details:
– The name of the issuing office, contact personnel/cellphone number/email address;
– The name and signature of the releasing officer; and
– A screenshot of the client’s driver’s license card (front and back) printed at the back of the official receipt.
Meanwhile, the LTO chief also said that the old or expired driver’s license card must be returned to the owner and shall be valid until the new plastic card is released.
The DOTr and the LTO are currently working together to address the backlog in the driver’s license due to shortage of plastic cards that are being used to print it.
The DOTr earlier initiated the procurement of five million pieces of plastic cards that Mendoza said are more than enough to wipe out the backlog by early next year. The LTO, on the other hand, facilitated the distribution of the delivered plastic cards.
“Patuloy na gumagawa ng paraan ang inyong DOTr at ang inyong LTO upang matugunan sa lalong madaling panahon ang ating kinakaharap na hamon ukol sa driver’s license. Makakasa ang ating mga kababayang motorista na sa mga action plan na ito, laging isinasa-alang-alang ang inyong kapakanan,” said Mendoza.